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Xiahe County, located in northwest Gannan Prefecture, is named for the Daxia River that flows through it. Xiahe abounds in tourism destinations, headlined by the Labrang Monastery. The county has five major destinations with thirty-six attractions characterized by Tibetan Buddhist influence, unique natural scenery, and a special local folk culture. Some of the most famous of these attractions include the Labrang Monastery, the Sangke Grassland, the White Stone Cliff Cave, the sacred Daerzong Lake, and the natural scenery of the Daxia River forest.

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Labrang Monastery
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Located in Gannan District's Xiahe County, Labrang Monastery is one of the six great monasteries of the Gelug (Yellow) Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery is large in scale and high in status. A representative example of the monasteries and temples throughout Gannan, it is a must-see for visitors to the area. It is a majestic temple complex. It offers spectacular sights while walking through and also when taking in a panoramic bird's-eye view from its highest point. The monastery is full of giant Buddha statues and various exquisite sculptures, murals and countless musical instruments. Furthermore, the long corridor of the Labrang Monastery is a sight rarely seen anywhere else in the world. This is a place where pilgrims come to accumulate merit and to pray for friends and relatives.
Sangke Grassland
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Sangke Grassland is in the west of Xiahe County, south of Gansu Province. There are hills and countryside with grassland. Every summer, lush green grass and wild flowers are everywhere. When you come to the Sangke Grassland, you can rent horses and ride in the local area and experience Tibetan traditional folk customs, such as Zanba, butter tea and Guozhuang dance. In addition, every summer there are festivals, such as the Xianglang Festival, on the grassland. In the evening, herdsmen often sing together and perform the Guozhuang dance. The families you stay with often hold such activities as well. If you are lucky enough, join them to experience the joyous grassland style!
Ganjia Grassland
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Labrang Monastery is located 0.5 kilometers west of Xiahe County, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. The real name is Dan Xiazhub Dajiyi Suqibei, referred to as Zhaxiqi Temple. It is one of the six monasteries of the Gelugpa (Huangjiao) of Tibetan Buddhism (the Lamaism) in China. It is generally called the Labrang Monastery. The first Segamu-like Awang Songzhe master was founded in the 48th year of Qing Emperor Kangxi (1709). In the 53rd year of Emperor Kangxi (1714), the "Lezhang" (namely Jiamu-like Buddha official) was established, and the "Lazhang" sound became "Labor", meaning the highest living Buddha's residence in the temple. Temple is located north to south, covering a total area of 866,000 square meters, with a construction area of more than 400,000 square meters. The main halls are more than 90, including six colleges, 16 Buddhist temples, and 18 dynasties (the Great Living Buddha Palace) ), and the altar, the French Garden, the Buddhist scriptures, the Buddhist pagoda, etc., formed a group of magnificent buildings with Tibetan characteristics, housing more than 10,000. The composition of the religious system of the Labor Monastery is based on the six major colleges of Wensi, Medicine, Shilun, Jijingang, Shangshang and the next continuation, and is the most complete institution in the temples of the entire Mongolian-Tibet region. Wensi College is its center, also known as the Great Hall. There are hundreds of houses in the front hall, front courtyard, main hall and apse. It covers an area of more than ten acres and is a mixed structure of Tibetan and ancient palaces. There are gilt bronze tiles, copper goats and Faluns, squats, bottles and other decorative objects. It is mainly based on the sects, focusing on the five major theories of Indian Buddhist scholars ("Explanation Theory", "Buddhism", "Medium View", "The House", "The Discipline". All the temples in the temple are made of local stone, wood, earth and anise, and rarely use metal. The whole building is narrow and narrow, almost trapezoidal, and the outer stone is inside the wood. There is a "no seeing wood outside, no stone inside". Each temple is painted with red, yellow, white and other earthy pigments according to its different functions and grades. The balcony room is covered with colored cloth curtains. The top and the walls of the large and medium-sized buildings are covered with copper and gold. , Aquarius, , Jinding, lion. Some of the halls also blend and absorb the achievements of the Han Chinese architecture, adding a palace-style roof, and resurfacing gold and copper tiles or green glazed tiles. More than 10,000 pieces of ethnic cultural relics and Buddhist art are collected in the Labrang Monastery. There are 16 Buddhas in the halls with a height of 8 meters or more of bronze or sandalwood carvings. A variety of small and medium-sized Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Buddhist pagodas, and musical instruments are numerous. The temple also houses the clothing and other daily necessities of the masters of the Jiaji class, as well as the golden seals, seals, seals, large plaques, thousand Buddha trees, pearl towers, jade Ruyi, meteorites, hippocampus and so on.
Posted: Aug 14, 2019
Among the Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, Labrang Monastery impressed me the most. Compared to the Yaqing Temple in western Sichuan, I have a special feeling for the Labrang Monastery. I have written a few essays. When I first went to write an article, "Xiahe Labrang Monastery: Towards the Left Buddha Gate, to the Right Red Dust", when I went again after three years, I wrote "Wait for the body." Head, kneeling on the ground - the time memory of Labrang Monastery. The old memories always have some emotions and unforgettable memories, but after the experience, these pictures are no different from the commemorative photos taken by ordinary travel. Sure enough, people still have to go through the experience, it will not be so fuss. After experiencing the vicissitudes of the world, I will see that everything is so peaceful and level.
Posted: Jul 16, 2019
Do you know where the longest corridor in the world is? This Gannan self-driving tour, in addition to Zhabei that I am most worthy of thinking is this world-class top Tibetan school! It has the longest corridor in the world! No matter which country the locals take, they will take time to worship here every year! When you come here, time seems to be quiet, no distractions! Address is located in Xiahe County, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, 200km from Lanzhou! From Lanzhou, it takes 4.5h to drive! The road is very good, the whole process can also take the provincial highway! Or take a direct bus in Lanzhou District! Introduction Strictly speaking, this is not just a temple, it retains the most complete teaching system of Tibetan Buddhism in the country. Most of the monks came to the temple when they were seven or eight years old. After 12 years of study, they were counted as learning. It was not like learning, but also a lifelong practice.
Posted: Sep 10, 2019
Mimo Chiu   
Gannan|More than 40 per capita living in the grassland glass room, watching the starry sky lying on the sea otter we started to travel by car in China. The second time I came to Gannan, I still had Meng Xi, but this time I had more dogs. In the Labrang Monastery, more than 20 kilometers away from Sichuan, there was a grassland. We lived in a campsite that was converted into a container. 90 nights, I didnt expect the scenery to be super good. Gansu Gannan Xiahe Ba Sangla Prairie Camp Accommodation 90 blocks a night, can live two people, can bring pets, you can park. But there is no bathroom, only public toilets, which are very old. Traveling to the northwest is basically such a "natural" toilet. There is a large grassland near , and you can see the stars at night. It is also very nice to take pictures during the day.
Posted: Jul 17, 2019
Ling Chik   
Labrang Monastery, located in Xiahe County, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, is one of the six monasteries of the Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It is known as the World Tibetan Academy. Xiahe has only one broad main street, one side is Labrang Monastery and the other side is city. But this street has no boundaries, just like the life and beliefs of the Xiahe people. In history, the Labrang Monastery is known as the 108-genus temple (in fact, it is much larger than this number), and it is the political and religious center of Gannan. Up to now, Labrang Monastery has retained the best Tibetan Buddhist teaching system in the country. The monks who practice here are from a few years old to several decades old. Apart from the typical Tibetan temple features, Labrang Monastery is best known for its longest corridor in the world. There are more than 1,700 prayer barrels around the temple, stretching for 3.5 kilometers.
Posted: Jul 21, 2019
Labrang Monastery, located on the bank of the Daxia River in Xiahe County, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, China, is the Buddhist temple of the next continuation college located next to the Great Hall. The real name is , referred to as Tashi Qi Temple, Labrang is transformed from the sound of Lazhang, meaning the residence of the master of living Buddha. It is one of the six monasteries of the Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It is known as the "World Library of Tibet" in the world. In its heyday, the monks reached 4000. Yu Ren, who opened to the public in 1980, was listed as the second batch of national key cultural relics protection units in 1982. The entire temple is the oldest and only surviving temple built during the first Shijiamu-like living Buddha period. In the history, Labrang Monastery is known as the 108-genus temple, which is the political and religious center of Gannan. At present, Labrang Monastery retains the best Tibetan Buddhist teaching system in the country. At present, the main temple is the sixth Shijiamu-like Hutuktujiamu-Luosang JiumeiTudan but Ginima, and other leaders include the four major races (Gongtangcang, Samutskang, Hall, Cangkang, Dewa Warehouse), eight cans.
Posted: Aug 14, 2019